Williams on Pole

by Bob Johnson 0

Each early squad has produced a great score and that tradition was maintained Friday when a packed opening squad saw some great scoring, especially from England’s Stuart Williams, a PBA titlist, who put together an impressive 1492, just missing out on

Stuart Williams

posting a 1500 by eight pins.

“The lanes were certainly a lot better this morning for me than they were last night,” he commmented in the post-squad interview. “I was using a 16-pound bowling ball and when that hit the pocket the were no single pins left standing, although I did have a 279.
“I really like playing here at the Red & Black bowling center as tournament host Riccardo Piunti really looks after everyone and it is such a pleasure to be in such a friendly atmosphere.”

Williams came to Asti after his third successive win of the Cockatoos Paphos Open in Cyprus last week. “Coming here after a title win certainly boosted my confidence,” he added.

This afternoon’s squad produced three scores for the 1400-club, as well as Williams’ 1492, Martin Larsen of Sweden hit 1427 and PBA pro Brian Valenta, who has the unique two-handed delivery, coming through with 1423.

So Williams has demoted previous leader to second place and with the other two 1400s coming into the top ten there is quite a shuffle in the top standings.

Two more squads take to the Red & Black lanes today and three more tomorrow beofre the final cut for Sunday’s final rounds. Let’s hope that the high standard of the opening squads maintains its standard through the day.

Top 10 Standings

1 Williams, Stuart ENG M 1492 198 19 2 R
2 Ciminelli, Ryan USA M 1483 276 13 2 L
3 Andersson, Kim SWE M 1453 226 13 1 R
4 Rash, Sean USA M 1442 206 11 2 R
5 Larsen, Martin SWE M 1427 233 19 2 R
6 Valenta, Brian USA M 1423 258 19 3 R
7 Pirozzi, Massimo ITA M 1388 268 08 2 R
8 D’Achille, Nico ITA M 1375 228 19 4 R
9 Moor, Paul ENG M 1366 234 18 1 L
10 Larsen, Thomas DEN M 1363 255 17 1 R


Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.